Reading time 3 mins

I could scarcely put this book down. I have to admit it unfolded a bit unusually. Each of the first few chapters tells a sexy tale of vampires and lust and then introduces the vampire star. Each of these chapters could have been a book on its own. The characters range from selfish extroverts to hermit recluses. The author reminds us of the wide spectrum of fun and the burden of being a vampire without being overtly obvious. The nice thing about each of these chapters being a story on their own is that I never really knew what to expect from the next chapter.

Red Grow the RosesRed Grow the Roses by Janine Ashbless
Published by HarperCollins UK on February 7th 2012
Pages: 230
Genres: Fiction, Erotica, General
Also by this author: Cover Him with Darkness
eBook provided by Mischief Books


Blood lust and sexual desire; for vampires the two are inseparable.
Prepare to devour ‘Red Grow the Roses’, an explicit vampire erotica novel with plenty of bite.
There are six vampires in the city. Ageless, terrifyingly beautiful and always hungry – not just for blood but for the other pleasures the human body offers.
Sadistic chanteuse Estelle; feckless Ben; Roisin, the mirror-ghost; Wakefield, haunted by his own damnation; Naylor, the most feral of them all. And Reynauld is the Good Shepherd, the one who holds them all in check.
But his grip on his own humanity is fading, and when Wakefield accidentally kills a woman and Naylor gets the blame, a power-struggle erupts between the city’s immortal undead.

The characters:

  • Ben The youngest vampire in the city. He is easily influenced by his vampire peers. His is almost harmless except for his youth gives him a blood-lust/fuck-lust that won’t be sated.
  • Roisin The oldest of the city vampires. Her existence is as a mirror ghost. She is so old she breaks the rules of matter and has all but forgotten what she is.
  • Wakefield The recluse vampire. He tends to his roses these days. He has all but stopped hunting. He was mentored by Reynauld.
  • Estelle The star. You have to earn the right to be her victim. A sexy siren with a lust for power. She loves the limelight. She runs BDSM and fight clubs all over the city.
  • Reynauld He runs the city. He has authority over all the vampire in the city. He is fair and ferocious. He is the Good Shepard.
  • Naylor He is dangerous. He has no empathy or compassion and now he wants to see Reynauld fall.

There are other human characters, some of which the author invites us to identify with. The humans in this story are not the point and the author reminds us time and again by leaving their stories incomplete. The author invites you to enjoy a day in the life of…and tells a bit of the history of the characters. The erotic aspects are written very well and some of them took me by complete surprise.

I wasn’t satisfied by the way the book ended simply because I wanted more. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style and erotic tales in this book. This is a great read and I recommend it!

My Rating


About the Author

JANINE ASHBLESS is a writer of fantasy erotica and steamy romantic adventure. She likes to write about magic and myth and mystery, dangerous power dynamics, borderline terror, and the not-quite-human. Janine has been seeing her books in print ever since 2000. She’s also had numerous short stories published by Black Lace, Nexus, Cleis Press, Ravenous Romance, Harlequin Spice, Storm Moon, Xcite, Mischief Books, and Ellora’s Cave among others. She is co-editor of the nerd erotica anthology ‘Geek Love’. Born in Wales, Janine now lives in the North of England with her husband and two rescued greyhounds. She has worked as a cleaner, library assistant, computer programmer, local government tree officer, and – for five years of muddy feet and shouting – as a full-time costumed Viking. Janine loves goatee beards, ancient ruins, minotaurs, trees, mummies, having her cake and eating it, and holidaying in countries with really bad public sewerage. Her work has been described as: “Hardcore and literate” (Madeline Moore) and “Vivid and tempestuous and dangerous, and bursting with sacrifice, death and love.” (Portia Da Costa)

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